East Anglian Press
This is an excellent recording of one of Marvin Gaye’s final concerts recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1980. Although Marvin was no longer with Motown he crammed the hour and a half concert with hits from his time with the label. So here you’ll find live and on occasions somewhat rough versions of his magnificent early hits like How Sweet It Is, Aint That Peculiar and I’ll Be Doggone plus a selection from his latter period at the label that include What’s Going On, Let’s Get It On and Got To Give It Up. The atmosphere at this concert must have been electric – it certainly comes across as such. The troubled man died somewhat shortly after this ‘comeback’ concert in 1984 but not before hitting the charts once more with Sexual Healing and this rare recording is one of the few that is easily obtainable and despite being released several times in the past always sells well.
Birmingham Sunday Mercury
Marvin Gaye’s illustrious life and career came to an untimely end in 1984 when he was shot dead in Los Angeles, following an argument with his father.
This bargain-priced double-CD was recorded at the legendary Montreux Jaxx Festival in 1980.
With a fine 17-piece backing band, Marvin takes us through his biggest hits including those classic compositions Let’s Get It On, What’s Going On, How Sweet It Is, I Heard It Through The Grape Vine and Inner City Blues.
In The Basement, February - April 08
Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1980, the seventeen tracks across two CDs show Marvin Gaye concentrating on the later end of his Motown era, only nodding back to a ‘Tammi Terrell Medley’ – his words – of ‘If This World Were Mine’, ‘Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and revisiting ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’, ‘I’ll Be Doggone’ and, naturally, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’.
Soul Up North, Spring 2008
This is a well recorded album from the late great Mr. Marvin Gaye. There are 17 tracks in all spanning Marvin’s recordings over the two discs, opening with a little bit of jazz/funk ‘Time (To Get It Together)’, ‘Got To Give It Up’ and ‘After A Funky Reincarnation’ during which Marvin chats to the crowd on top of the constant rhythm. Of course we’re treated to plenty of Marvin’s hits, such as ‘How Sweet It Is’, ‘I’ll Be Doggone’, ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’ through to ‘Heard It Through The Grapecine’, ‘Mercy, Mercy Me’ and ‘What’s Going On’… A total running time of around one and a half hours shows you that this must have been one hell of a superb concert!! And does show that Mr. Gaye was the consummate performer. A fold out six page liner note is written by the knowledgeable Tony Rounce, and also credits the musicians who gave Marvin top class backing on this concert. Live music… great.